Events


 Workshops/Meetings

ROCB A/P accompanies WCO Secretary General for a policy dialogue with Vanuatu Customs 
2-4 October 2019, Port Vila, Vanuatu,

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, for his visit to Port Vila, Vanuatu, on 2 to 4 October 2019 for a policy dialogue with the Customs and Inland Revenue of Vanuatu.


WCO Global Canine Forum in Melbourne 
1-3 October 2019, Melbourne, Australia

At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Fifth WCO Global Canine Forum held on 1-3 October 2019 at Melbourne, Australia.


Meeting with the WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Intelligence Liaison Office 
27 September 2019, Seoul, Korea

To strengthen the connection and collaboration between the two WCO regional offices in implementing the WCO strategies and policies in the Asia/Pacific region, Mr Norikazu KURAMOTO, Head of ROCB A/P, lead his team to meet Mr. LEE Min-gun, Head of RILO A/P, and his officials on 27 September 2019 in Seoul, Korea.


17th Meeting of Heads of WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Training Center 
25-26 September 2019, Cheonan, Korea

The 17th Meeting of Heads of WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Training Center (RTC) was successful convened on 25-26 September 2019 at the Customs Border Control Training Institute (CBCTI) in Cheonan, Korea.


WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Small Islands Economies for the Pacific 
10-14 September 2019, Suva, Fiji

WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Small Island Economies (SIEs) was held on 10-14 September 2019 at the WCO Regional Training Center in Suva, Fiji, with sponsorship of the Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF), Oceania Customs Organization (OCO), Commonwealth, The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and Her Majesty Revenue and Customs (HMRC).


ROCB A/P supports Indonesia Customs in developing human resources 
12-14 September 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia

At the invitation of Indonesia Customs and Excise education and training center and Corporate University of Ministry of Finance (PKN STAN), Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, as resource person and guest speaker.


The Head of ROCB A/P Paid a Courtesy Call on UN Partners 
21 August 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

For further enhancing relationship and partnership, on 21 August 2019, Mr. Norikazu KURAMOTO, the Head of the ROCB A/P, with his colleagues paid a courtesy call on the UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) and the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P accompanies WCO Secretary General for a policy dialogue with Indonesia Customs 
25 and 26 July 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia,

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, for his visit to Jakarta, Indonesia, on 25 and 26 July 2019 for a policy dialogue with the Indonesia Customs.


ROCB A/P accompanies WCO Secretary General for a policy dialogue with Timor-Leste Customs 
22 and 23 July 2019, Dili, Timor-Leste,

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, for his visit to Dili, Timor-Leste, on 22 and 23 July 2019 for a policy dialogue with Timor-Leste Customs.


ROCB A/P accompanies WCO Secretary General for a policy dialogue with Tonga Customs 
18 and 19 July 2019, Nuku'alofa, Tonga,

Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, for his visit to Nuku'alofa, Tonga, on 18 and 19 July 2019 for a policy dialogue with the Ministry of Revenue and Customs of Tonga.


ROCB A/P contributes to develop the ASEAN Guidelines for Detecting and Preventing Wildlife Trafficking 
9-10 July 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

The 2nd Regional Workshop on Developing ASEAN Guidelines for Detecting and Preventing Wildlife Trafficking was hosted by the Royal Forest Department of Thailand and jointly organized by the ASEAN Secretariat with USAID and US-ASEAN on 9-10 July 2019, Bangkok, Thailand, with the financial support of USAID.


ROCB A/P shares good practices on training management with RTC Khmelnytskyi 
1-4 July 2019, Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine

At the invitation of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine (SFS), Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, as a resource person, joined the Training Management workshop held from 1 to 4 July 2019 at the WCO Regional Training Center (RTC) & the WCO Regional Dog Training Center(RDTC) in Khmelnytskyi, Ukriane.


WCO Follow Up Mission on People Development Plan of the BCED 
18-20 June 2019, Nassau, Bahamas

At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, from 18-20 June 2019, Dr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, with other experts from the WCO worked together with their counterparts in the Bahamas Customs and Excise Department (BCED) to review the administration’s Human Resource Management (HRM) and training approaches at the BCED Headquarter in Nassau, Bahamas.


Joint UPU–WCO Postal Security Workshop on Countering Transportation of Dangerous Contraband in the Asia Pacific Region 
10-13 June 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

The Joint UPU–WCO Postal Security Workshop on Countering Transportation of Dangerous Contraband in the Asia Pacific Region was held on 10-13 June 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand with the financial support of the United States.


28th Meeting of the ASEAN Directors General of Customs 
12 June 2019, Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Mr. Ricardo Trevino, Deputy Secretary General (DSG) of the WCO, to attend the 28th Meeting of the ASEAN DGs of Customs, which was held on 12 June 2019 in Vientiane, Lao PDR


ROCB A/P introduces the work progress of the Comprehensive Review of the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) at FIATA Region A/P Field Meeting 
10 June 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), Dr. Tong Hua of the ROCB A/P participated in and contributed to the 13th FIATA Region Asia/Pacific (RAP) Field Meeting held on 10 June 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, to which about 60 representatives from FIATA members attended.


ROCB A/P spoke about the WCO Cross-Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards to business representatives in Thailand 
6 June 2019, Bangkok, Thailand


At the invitation of the Royal Thai Embassy in Belgium, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Thailand – European Union Seminar on E-Commerce and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) held on 6 June 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P highlights the WCO Framework of Standards on Cross-Border E-commerce at Asia Pacific Postal College 
5 June 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Asian-Pacific Postal Union (APPU), Dr. Tong Hua of the ROCB A/P, as a guest speaker, contributed to the Workshop on Network Innovation for China Express Sector in ASEAN Countries, which was held from 29 May to 5 June 2019 at the Asian-Pacific Postal College in Bangkok, Thailand.


WCO Asia Pacific Security Conference 
28-30 May 2019, Kyoto, Japan

At the invitation of the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the WCO Asia Pacific Security Conference held on 28-30 May 2019 at the Kyoto International Conference Center in Kyoto, Japan.


WCO Regional Workshop on the Accreditation of Technical and Operational Advisors on IPR 
27-31 May 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

Under the sponsorship of the CCF/Japan, the WCO Regional Workshop on the Accreditation of Technical and Operational Advisors (TOA) on IPR was held on 27 - 31 May 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. Ms. Saori Nojima, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, participated in the Workshop as a facilitator along with two facilitators from the WCO Secretariat.


5th Meeting of the UNNExT Task Force on Cross-border Electronic Data Exchange 
14-16 May 2019, Xiamen, China

At the invitation of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), in cooperation with the General Administration of China Customs (GACC), Mr. Hong-Young Jo of the ROCB A/P attended 5th Meeting of the UNNExT Task Force on Cross-border Electronic Data Exchange held on 14 - 16 May 2019 in Xiamen, China.


21st Oceania Customs Organisation Annual Conference 
13-15 May 2019, Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)

At the invitation of Mr. Jose C. Mafnas, Director of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Customs Service cum Chairman of the Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the 21st OCO Annual Conference, which was held on 13-15 may 2019 in Saipan, CNMI, along with Mr. Ricardo Trevino, Deputy Secretary General of the WCO.


20th WCO A/P Regional Heads of Customs Administration Conference 
8-10 May 2019, Kochi, India

20th WCO A/P Regional Heads of Customs Administration (RHCA) Conference was convened on 8-10 May 2019 in Kochi, India, in which more than 80 delegates from 19 Member administrations participated.


WCO/JICA IPR Benchmarking Study for East African Revenue Authorities to Thailand 
7, 8 and 10 May 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

Under the WCO/JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) project, a total of 11 officers from five revenue authorities of the East African Community (EAC), namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, and two representatives from EAC Secretariat visited Thailand for a benchmarking study on IPR and Customs Control on 7, 8 and 10 May 2019.


10th Session of the WCO Capacity Building Committee 
8-10 April 2019, Brussels, Belgium

10th Session of the WCO Capacity Building was convened on 8-10 April 2019 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.


14th Global Meeting of the Heads of the ROCBs, RTCs and Vice Chairs’ Offices 
4-5 April 2019, Brussels, Belgium

14th Global Meeting of the Heads of the ROCBs, Regional Training Centers (RTCs) and Vice Chairs’ Offices was convened on 4-5 April 2019 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.


WCO Regional Workshop on Non–Intrusive Instrument equipment and Automated Threat Recognition 
1-5 April 2019, Shanghai, China

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the General Administration of China Customs (GACC), organized the WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Non–Intrusive Instrument (NII) equipment and Automated Threat Recognition on 1-5 April 2019 at the new international training facility of the WCO Regional Training Center in Shanghai, China under the sponsorship of Customs Cooperation Fund of China (CCF/China).


WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Risk and Compliance Management for the Pacific 
18-22 March 2019, Suva, Fiji

The WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Risk and Compliance Management for the Pacific was held on 18-22 March 2019 at the WCO Regional Training Center in Suva, Fiji, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


ROCB A/P continuously focuses on the Environmental topics of the WCO Enforcement Committee 
11-15 March 2019, Brussels, Belgium

Dr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, together with other more than 200 Customs Delegates participated in the 38th Session of the WCO Enforcement Committee(EC) which took place in Brussels from 11 to 15 March 2019 under the theme ”SMART Customs: Knowledge-based Customs Enforcement”.


ROCB attends the 6th Meeting between the GDCE of Cambodia and Developing Partners 
5 March 2019, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

At the invitation from the General Department of Customs and Excise (GDCE) of Cambodia, Ms. Saori Nojima, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the 6th meeting between the GDCE and their development partners held on 5 March 2019 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


WCO Regional Workshop on Training Management 
4-8 March 2019, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Japan Customs, organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Training Management on 4-8 March 2019 at the WCO Regional Training Center in Japan, i.e. Japan Customs Training Institute (CTI) in Kashiwa, Japan, under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


ROCB A/P accompanies WCO Secretary General for a policy dialogue with Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department 
27 February – 1 March 2019, Hong Kong, China

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, for his visit to Hong Kong, China, on 27 February – 1 March 2019 for an informal policy dialogue with Hong Kong Customs Service executives.


ROCB A/P promotes the WCO Framework of Standards on Cross-Border E-Commerce 
26 February 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD, Thailand), Dr. Tong hua, Program manager of the ROCB A/P, participated in the ITD Regional Workshop on Digital Trade and Future Commerce held on 25-28 February 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, as a guest speaker.


ROCB A/P accompanies WCO Secretary General for a policy dialogue with Macao Customs 
26-27 February 2019, Macao, China

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, accompanied Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, for his visit to Macao, China, on 26-27 February 2019 for an informal policy dialogue with Macao Customs Service executives.


WCO AP High-Level Regional Seminar on Data Analytics for Customs 
25-28 February 2019, Incheon, Korea

The WCO organized the WCO A/P High-Level Regional Seminar on Data Analytics for Customs on 25-28 February 2019 in Incheon, Korea, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Korea Customs Service under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea (CCF/Korea) to support the WCO Members’ application of data analytics to their current risk management practices and provide some food-for-thought for their effective use of open source data and tools for data visualization.


WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing 
21-25 January 2019, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Japan Customs, organized the A/P Regional Workshop on Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing on 21-25 January 2019 at the Japan Customs Training Institute in Kashiwa, Japan, under the financial support of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


WCO National Workshop on Risk Management for Thailand 
The WCO organized the National Workshop on Risk Management on 21-25 January 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


ROCB A/P joins inauguration of the WCO Section at the NACIN Library 
19 December 2018, Faridabad, India

At the invitation of Director General of the National Academy of Customs, Indirect Tax and Narcotics (NACIN) of India, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the inauguration ceremony of the WCO Section at the NACIN Library on 19 December 2018.


ROCB A/P discussed the IPR Border Enforcement with CLMVT Customs administrations 
13 - 14 December 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

As an initiative of Thai Customs, the Workshop on Trade Facilitation Agreement and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) was held on 10 -14 December 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand, and Ms. Saori Nojima, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, participated in the IPR-related sessions on 13 -14 December 2018 as a resource speaker.


WCO National Workshop for Cambodia Customs on Border Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights 
4 -7 December 2018, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The WCO National Workshop for Cambodia Customs on Border Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) was held on 4-7 December 2018 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan) and in close cooperation and coordination with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).


WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Customs Valuation for the Pacific 
3-7 December 2018, Suva, Fiji

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Fiji Revenue and Customs Services (FRCS), organized the WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Customs Valuation on 3-7 December 2018 at the WCO Regional Training Center in Suva (FRCS Training Center) with sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


ROCB A/P discusses Customs Human Resource Management with ASEAN Member administrations 
29 November 2018, Jakarta, Indonesia

At the invitation from Director of the Indonesian Customs and Excise Education and Training Center (Pusdiklat BC), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the ASEAN Seminar on Customs Human Resource Development, held on 29 November 2018 at the Education and Training Center under the initiatives of the Indonesian Customs as coordinator for Customs capacity building within the ASEAN framework.


WCO National Workshop for Myanmar Customs on Border Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights 
26 -30 November 2018, Yangon, Myanmar

The WCO National Workshop for Myanmar Customs on border enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) was held on 26-30 November 2018 in Yangon, Myanmar, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


Customs jointly ensure the security of the global ecological environment 
20-23 November 2018, Shanghai China

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the General Administration of China Customs (GACC), organized the WCO Regional Workshop on Combating Environmental Crime and the Debriefing of the WCO Operation “Demeter IV” on 20-23 November 2018 in Shanghai, China, with financial sponsorship of Customs Cooperation Fund of China (CCF/China).


WCO National Workshop on Customs Valuation and Transfer Pricing for Thailand 
26-30 November 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO organized 5-day National Workshop on Customs Valuation and Transfer Pricing ion Bangkok, Thailand, under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan), in which 15 English-speaking Thai Customs representatives participated.


WCO A/P Regional Contact Points Meeting 
14-16 November 2018, Jaipur, India

28th WCO A/P Regional Contact Points (RCPs) Meeting was convened on 14 November 2019 for a 3-day session in Jaipur, India, under the initiative of the Regional Vice Chair, i.e. India. 38 delegates from 20 A/P regional Member administrations and 5 representatives from the WCO Secretariat, the RILO A/P and the ROCB A/P, as permanent observers, attended the Meeting and discussed series of region’s collective efforts in such important topics


WCO National Workshop for Lao Customs on Border Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights 
12 -16 November 2018, Vientiane, Laos

The WCO National Workshop for Lao Customs on border enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) was held on 12-16 November 2018 in Vientiane, Laos, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


WCO-UNESCAP 4th UNNEXT MASTERCLASS: License, Permits, Certificates and Other regulatory requirements (e-LPCO) in a Single Window Environment 
5-14 November 2018, Cheon An, Korea

The WCO and the UNESCAP organized the 4th UNNExT MASTERCLASS: License, Permits, Certificates and Other regulatory requirements (e-LPCO) in a Single Window Environment from 5 November to 14 November 2018 in the Customs Border Control Training Institute (CBCTI) in Cheon An, Korea, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Korea Customs Service under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea (CCF/Korea) to support the WCO Members’ commitment to the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and effective use of information and communications technology in the introduction of the National Single Window environment in the A/P region.


ROCB A/P promotes the WCO instruments and tools for the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement 
30-31 October 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the request from the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, participated in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Inter-Subregional Forum on Enhanced Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) held on 30-31 October 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand, as a resource speaker, along with Ms. Milena Budimirovic of the WCO Secretariat.


16th WCO Regional Training Center (RTC) Heads Meeting 
24-25 October 2018, Shanghai, China
The ROCB A/P convened 16th Meeting of the Heads of the WCO A/P Regional Training Center (RTC) at the Shanghai Customs College (SCC) on 24-25 October 2018 and 27 delegates from 8 RTCs as well as the WCO Secretariat and the ROCB BA/P participated in it.


ROCB A/P has policy dialogue with Solomon Islands government officials and its stakeholders towards WCO Membership 
24-25 September 2018, Honiara, Solomon Islands

At the invitation of Ms. Sarah Wickham, Acting Controller of the Solomon Islands Customs, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P as a WCO representative, visited the Solomon Islands to have political dialogues with senior government officials to pave the way for joining the WCO.


WCO Regional Workshop on Frontline Border Capability against Terrorist Threats 
17-21 September 2018, Sydney, Australia

The WCI, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Australian Border Force (ABF), organized the WCO A/P WCO Regional Workshop on Frontline Border Capability against Terrorist Threats on 17-21 September 2018 in Sydney, Australia, under the financial sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


ROCB A/P introduces the WCO trade facilitation instruments and AEO Program at the Trade Facilitation International Conference 
11 September 2018, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

At the requests from the Customs General Administration of Mongolia (CGAM) and the Korea Customs Service (KCS), Mr. Hong-Young Jo of the ROCB A/P attended the Trade Facilitation International Conference held on 11 September 2018 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, under the support of the World Bank Group International Finance Corporation.


ROCB A/P Attends the 30th Administrative Meeting for NCP of RILO A/P 
4-6 September 2018, Solo/Surakarta, Indonesia
At the invitation from the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P), Ms. Saori Nojima, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the 30th Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points (NCP) of RILO A/P, which was held on 4-6 September 2018 in Solo/Surakarta, Indonesia.


ROCB A/P delivers lectures to a WCO accredited Russian University 
30 August-7 September 2018, Saint Petersburg, Russia

At the invitation from the North-West Institute of Management of Russian Presidential Academy (RANEPA Branch), Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended an Academic Seminar on Customs Modernization, which was held on 30 August-7 September 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.


ROCB A/P emphasizes the role of Customs in combating illicit wildlife trade 
28-29 August 2018, Changwat Pathum Thani, Thailand

At the request of the WCO Secretariat, Dr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, represented the WCO to the Conference on ‘Science, Technology, and Innovation for Addressing Wildlife and Forest Crimes and Attaining SDGs’ held from 28 to 29 August 2018 at the AIT Conference Center, Thailand, as a guest speaker.


ROCB A/P introduces the WCO instruments and AEO Program at the UNESCAP Regional Workshop on Trade Facilitation for Sustainable Development 
7-10 August 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), in cooperation with the International Trade Development Institute (ITD), Mr. Hong-Young Jo of the ROCB A/P attended the ESCAP-ARTNeT/ITD Regional Workshop on Trade Facilitation for Sustainable Development held from 7 to 10 August 2018 at the UN Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand.


WCO supports Mercator Program Gap Analysis and Strategic Planning for Cambodia Customs 
6-15 August 2018, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The WCO Mercator Program Gap Analysis and Strategic Planning Support Mission for General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE) was held on 6-15 August 2018 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


WCO A/P Regional High-Level Seminar of Cross-Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards 
16-17 July 2018, New Delhi, India

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Central Board of Indirect tax and Customs (CBIC) of India, organized the WCO A/P Regional High-Level Seminar of Cross-Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards (FoS) on 16-17 July 2018 at a hotel in New Delhi, India, with financial sponsorship of Customs Cooperation Find of Japan (CCF/Japan).


ROCB A/P joins the Assumption Ceremony of India’ A/P Vice Chair 
16 July 2018, New Delhi, India

At the invitation of the Central Board of Indirect Tax and Customs (CBIC) of India, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Assumption Ceremony of WCO A/P Vice Chair of India, which was held on 16 July 2018 at a hotel in New Delhi, India, back-to-back with the WCO A/P Regional High-Level Seminar on Cross-Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards.


WCO Sub-Regional Workshop for ASEAN Member States on Border Enforcement on Counterfeiting and Piracy 
9-13 July 2018, Langkawi, Malaysia

The WCO Sub-Regional Workshop for ASEAN Member States (AMS) on Border Enforcement on Counterfeiting and Piracy was held on 9-13 July 2018 in Langkawi, Malaysia, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


WCO Global Mercator Program Advisor Seminar 
2-6 July 2018, Brussels, Belgium


The second WCO Global Mercator Program Advisor (MPA) Seminar was held at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on 2-6 July 2018 with a view to continuously providing a platform for MPAs to share experiences in their respective missions under the Mercator Program and update the recent developments in the initiatives undertaken by the WCO and its development partners so that the MPAs may provide the down-to-the-earth support in the tailor-made track approach.


WCO Council Session 
28-30 June 2018, Brussels, Belgium

At the invitation by the WCO Secretariat, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, participated in the 132nd Session of the WCO Council, which took place on 28-30 June 2018 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, as an observer.


ROCB A/P participates in the CAREC Meeting for supporting implementation of the WTO TFA 
25-28 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Mr. Hong-Young Jo of the ROCB A/P, participated in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Inaugural Meeting of Regional Trade Group (RTG) and CAREC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM), which were held consecutively on 25-26 June 2018 and 27-28 June 2018 respectively in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P introduces the WCO tools at the UNEP Risk Profiling Workshop 
20-22 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the UN Environment Ozon Action Asia and Pacific Office, Dr. Tong Hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the Risk Profiling Workshop for Customs and Border Control Officers and National Ozone Officers of India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which was held from 20 to 22 June 2018 at the UN Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand, as a resource person.


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Compliance and Enforcement Package (CEP) 
11-15 June 2018, Nagoya, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the Japan Customs and the ROCB A/P, organized a Regional Workshop on Compliance and Enforcement Package (CEP) on 11-15 June 2018 at the Nagoya Customs, Japan. This was the first WCO workshop held at the Nagoya Customs.


The ROCB A/P renews cooperative ties with the OCO 
11-13 June 2018, Melbourne, Australia

At the invitation of the Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P participated in the 20th OCO Annual Meeting held on 11-13 June 2018 in Melbourne, Australia, accompanying Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, as an observer. More than 60 delegates from the OCO Member administrations and partner entities, including the WCO, participated


ROCB A/P attends the WCO IT Conference and Exhibition 2018 
6-8 June 2018, Lima, Peru

Mr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the WCO IT Conference and Exhibition (WCO ITC) 2018 held from 6 to 8 June 2018 in Lima, Peru. The WCO ITC discussed the various topics for “Building a Reliable Digital Landscape to Boost Cross-Border Trade”, the theme of this year’s Conference.


ROCB A/P contributes to the Asian-Pacific Postal Union (APPU) Workshop 
30 May 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Asian-Pacific Postal Union (APPU), Dr. Tong Hua of the ROCB A/P, participated and contributed to the Workshop for State Post Bureau China on Belt and Road Initiative, which was held on 30 May 2018 at the Asian-Pacific Postal College in Bangkok, Thailand, as a guest speaker.


ROCB A/P speaks at a regional meeting to counter online sales of counterfeit and illicit medicines 
15-17 May 2018, Singapore

At the request from the WCO Secretariat and the invitation from the INTERPOL, Ms. Saori Nojima, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the Asian Region Meeting held from 15 to 17 May 2018 in Singapore as a representative of the WCO to discuss joint enforcement against counterfeit and illicit medicines.


A Training Strategy Development support to Lesotho Revenue Authority 
14-18 May 2018, Maseru, Lesotho

At the invitation of WCO Secretariat, Dr. Tong Hua, the ROCB A/P Program Manager, joined the WCO Seminar on Training Strategy and Simplified Human Resource Management (HRM) Diagnostic Study held from 14 May to 18 May 2018 at the Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) Training Center in Maseru, Lesotho, as chief expert.


19th Regional Heads of Customs Administration Conference 
14-17 May 2018, Sigatoka, Fiji

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS), who is currently assuming the role of the WCO A/P Regional Vice Chair, convened the 19th Regional Heads of Customs Administration (RHCA) Conference on 14-17 May 2018 in Sigatoka, Fiji, and more than 50 delegates from the regional Member administrations and observers from the WCO Secretariat as well as RILO A/P and ROCB A/P participated in this high-level regional conference. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Conference.


The ROCB A/P represents the WCO to the ASEAN Meeting for the Customs Directors General 
3 May 2018, Langkawi, Malaysia

At the request of the WCO Secretariat and invitation from the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the 27th Meeting of the ASEAN Directors General (DGs) Meeting held on 3 May 2018 in Langkawi, Malaysia, as a representative of the WCO.


WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Human Resource Development 
24-27 April 2018, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

The WCO, in cooperation with the Viet Nam Customs and the ROCB A/P, organized the Regional Workshop on Human Resource Development (HRD) from 24 May to 27 May 2018 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam under the sponsorship of the Korea Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Korea).


WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Environmental Topics 
23-27 April 2018, Shanghai, China

The WCO, in cooperation with the General Administration of China Customs (GACC) and the ROCB A/P, organized the Regional Workshop on Environmental Topics from 23 May to 27 May 2018 at RTC-China (Shanghai Customs College) under the sponsorship of the China Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/China).


WCO Regional Workshop on Capacity Building of Customs Laboratories 
17-19 April 2018, Busan, Korea

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Korea Customs Service (KCS), organized the WCO Regional Workshop on Capacity Building of Customs Laboratories from 17 April to 19 April 2018 in Busan, Korea, under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea (CCF/Korea) to enable the sharing of analytical techniques in the A/P region.


ROCB A/P participates in the UNESCAP Capacity Building Workshop on Cross-border Paperless Trade Facilitation 
20-23 March 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Mr. Hong-Young Jo of the ROCB A/P attended the Capacity Building Workshop on Cross-border Paperless Trade Facilitation: Implications of Emerging Technologies held from 20 to 23 March 2018 at the UN Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P speaks at the Regional Seminar for OIE National Focal Points for Veterinary Products 
21 March 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

The World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) organized a Regional Seminar for OIE National Focal Points for Veterinary Products on 20-22 March 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand.


WCO Regional Workshop on Anti-money Laundering and Terrorism Financing 
12-15 March 2018, Sydney, Australia

The WCO Regional Workshop on Anti-money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing was held on 12-15 March 2018 in Sydney, Australia, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


Capacity Building Committee discusses Performance Management and Professional Developments 
26 -28 February 2018, Brussels, Belgium

The 9th Session of the WCO Capacity Building Committee(CBC) was convened on 26 – 28 February 2018 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.


ROCB A/P reports recent activities at the 15th A/P Regional Training Center Heads Meeting 
23 February 2018, Brussels, Belgium

On the occasion of the 13th Global Meeting of the Heads of the Regional Offices for Capacity Building (ROCBs), Regional Training Centers (RTCs) and the Vice Chairs’ Offices, the ROCB A/P convened the 15th Meeting of the Heads of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers on 23 February 2018 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.


ROCB A/P discusses the regional good practices at the 13th Global ROCBs-RTCs-Vice Chairs’ Offices 
22-23 February 2018, Brussels, Belgium

The WCO Convened the 13th Global Meeting of the Heads of the Regional Offices for Capacity Building (ROCBs), the Regional Training Centers (RTCs) and Vice Chairs’ Offices on 22 and 23 February 2018 at its Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, which was attended by some 30 delegates from the ROCBs, RTCs and Vice Chairs’ Offices around the world.


WCO Regional Workshop on Authorized Economic Operators and Mutual Recognition Agreements/Arrangements 
5-9 February 2018, Seoul, Korea

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Korea Customs Service (KCS), organized the WCO Regional Workshop on Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) and Mutual Recognition Agreements/Arrangements (MRA) from 5 February to 9 February 2018 in Seoul, Korea, under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea (CCF/Korea) to support the implementation of AEO and achievement of MRA negotiations in Asia and Pacific Region.


ROCB A/P attends the Stakeholder meeting for a strengthed Regional Enforecement Network (REN) for Chemicals and Waste 
1 February 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

On 1 February 2018, the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) hosted the stakeholders meeting on a proposal for a strengthened Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste in the UN Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P joins the Fiji colleagues for the International Customs Day Ceremony 
26 January 2018, Suva, Fiji

At the invitation of Mr. Visvanath Das, Chief Executive Officer of the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, joined the International Customs Day ceremony held at the FRCS Headquarters in Suva, Fiji, as chief guest.


ROCB A/P promotes Customs Academic Research at International Network of Customs Universities (INCU) Seminar 
22-26 January 2018, Baku, Azerbaijan

At the invitation of International Network of Customs Universities (INCU) Secretariat, Dr. Tong Hua, ROCB A/P Program Manager, participated in the International Academic Seminar held at the ROCB European Building from 22 January to 26 January 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan.


WCO Regional Workshop on Accreditation of Mercator Program Advisors in the A/P region 
22-26 January 2018, Suva, Fiji

WCO A/P Regional Workshop on the Accreditation of Mercator Program Advisors (MPAs) was held at the WCO Regional Training Center in Suva, Fiji, on 22- 26 January 2018 with funding support of the Korea Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Korea).


ROCB A/P promotes the WCO Mercator Programs at the Central Asian Countries 
12 December 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, participated in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Workshop on Trade and Trade Facilitation Reforms, which was held on 12 December 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.


WCO Sub-Regional Workshop for Oceania Members on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy 
4-8 December 2017, Suva, Fiji


The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS), organized the WCO Sub-Regional Workshop for Oceania Members on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy from 4 December to 8 December 2017 at the WCO Regional Training Center (RTC) in Suva, Fiji.


WCO Regional Workshop on Risk Management and Post Seizure Analysis 
4-8 December 2017, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Japan Customs, organized the WCO Regional Workshop on Risk Management and Post Seizure Analysis from 4 December through 8 December 2017 at the WCO Regional Training Center (Japan Customs Training Institute) in Kashiwa, Japan, with sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


WCO National Seminar for Cambodia Customs on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy 
4 -6 December 2017, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

With the sponsorship of the Japanese Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF Japan), a WCO National Seminar on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy was held for the General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia in Phnom Penh from 4 to 6 December 2017.


WCO Workshop on Effective Project Management for Customs Reform and Modernization 
27 November -1 December 2017, Hanoi, Vietnam

The WCO Workshop on Effective Project Management for Customs Reform and Modernization for Vietnam was conducted from 27 November through 1 December 2017 in Hanoi, Vietnam under the sponsorship of the Norwegian Agency for Development (NORAD).


6th Greater Tumen Initiative(GTI) Trade Facilitation Workshop in Korea 
The GTI Secretariat organized a Trade Facilitation Workshop from 28 to 30 November 2017 in Cheonan, Korea, in cooperation with Korea Customs Service(KCS) under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea(CCF/Korea) to support the realization of trade facilitation in the Northeast Asia through the promotion of the AEO programs.


WCO Regional Workshop on Cyber Investigation and Digital Forensics 
21-23 November 2017, Hong Kong, China

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Hong Kong Customs, organized the WCO Regional Workshop on Cyber Investigation and Digital Forensics in Hong Kong, China from 21 to 23 November 2017 under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan. This workshop was the second of its kind organized in Hong Kong, China.


WCO Regional Workshop on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement 
6-10 November 2017, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in close cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Japan Customs, organized the WCO Regional Workshop on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement(TFA) on 6-10 November 2017 at the WCO Regional Training Center (RTC) Japan (Japan Customs Training Institute) in Kashiwa, Japan, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


ROCB A/P joins the celebration of the RILO A/P’s 30th Anniversary 
6-7 November 2017, Seoul, Korea

At the invitation from the WCO Secretariat and Korea Customs Service (KCS), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the WCO A/P Regional Intelligence Liaison Office (RILO A/P)’s 30th Anniversary Ceremony held on 6 November 2017 in Seoul, Korea. More than 130 guests from the WCO Member administrations around the world, other RILO and international organisations attended the Ceremony.


ROCB A/P Speaks at 27th Annual National Convention of Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc and gives a lecture to customs-major students of LYCEUM of the Philippines University 
3-7 November 2017, Davao City/Manila, Philippines

At the invitation of the Philippines National Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc, (CCBI), Dr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, as a guest speaker, attended the 27th Annual National Convention of Chamber of Customs Brokers, which was held at SMX Convention Center on 3-4 November 2017 in Davao City, Philippines.


ROCB A/P reports its activities at the 27th WCO A/P Regional Contact Points Meeting 
11-13 October 2017, Cairns, Australia

27th Meeting of the WCO A/P Regional Contact Points was convened on 11-13 October 2017 in Cairns, Australia, which was attended by 47 delegates from 22 Member administrations as well as observer organizations, i.e. WCO Secretariat, the ROCB A/P and the RILO A/P. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Meeting as an observer.


ROCB A/P speaks at the 12th WCO Annual PICARD Conference 
26-28 September 2017, Hammamet, Tunisia

At the invitation of the WCO Research Unit, Dr. Tong hua of the ROCB A/P, attended the 12th WCO Annual PICARD Conference, which ran from 26 to 28 September 2017 in Hammamet, Tunisia.


WCO National Workshop on Passenger Control for Lao PDR 
25-29 September 2017, Vientiane, Lao PDR

WCO National Workshop on Passenger Control for Lao PDR was conducted on 25-29 September 2017 in Vientiane, Lao PDR, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


WCO National Workshop for Indonesia Customs on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy 
11-15 September 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia

The WCO National Workshop for Indonesia Customs on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy was held on 11-15 September 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan) and a total of 21 Custom officers in charge of border enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) participated in the workshop.


ROCB A/P speaks at the 29th Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points of Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P) 
5-7 September 2017, Chongqing, China

At the invitation of the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P), Mr Tong hua, attended the 29th Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points of RILO A/P, which was held in 5-7 September 2017 in Chongqing, China, and introduced ROCB A/P’s Capacity Building efforts in supporting Customs Administrations, in particular the close collaboration between RILO A/P and ROCB A/P for jointly organizing high-class Capacity Building activities in the A/P region


WCO and ROCB A/P joined development partners for greater collaboration on trade facilitation 
4-7 September 2017, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Asia Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum (APTFF) 2017 and its side events, i.e. a series of trade facilitation-related workshops, were held on 5-6 September 2017 and 7 September 2017 respectively in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, by UNESCAP and ADB, in cooperation with Indonesia Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs.


ROCB A/P Speaks at AEPC workshop on Trademark Infringement Determinations in a Border Enforcement Context 
24 August 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

At the invitation of APEC, Ms. Saori Nojima, Project Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the workshop on Trademark Determination in a Border Enforcement Context on 24th August 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.


ROCB A/P raises the awareness of Visionary Leadership in Customs Modernization and Reform for the Myanmar Customs Department 
22-23 August 2017, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

At the invitation from the World Bank Group, Trade & Competitiveness of Myanmar, Dr.Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the Myanmar Customs Leadership Course held on 22 and 23 August 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, as a guest speaker.


WCO reaffirms continuing collaboration with Brunei for capacity enhancement 
26-27 July 2017, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

At the invitation of the Royal Brunei Customs and Excise Department (RCED), the WCO delegation consisting Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, and Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, visited Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam to meet Brunei’s government leaders and Customs executives and exchange views for their future Customs modernization through active participation in the WCO’s initiatives undertaken at global and regional levels.


WCO Security Project Launching for Bangladesh 
23-25 July 2017, Dhaka, Bangladesh


At the invitation of Bangladesh National Board of Revenue (NBR), the WCO delegation consisting Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, and Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, visited Dhaka, Bangladesh to launch the WCO’s Security Project for Bangladesh and to seek political support for accelerating Customs reform and modernization to contend with a series of challenges being discussed at the international arena, such as counter-terrorism and supply chain security and trade facilitation.


WCO advocates India’s TFA implementation plan 
21-22 July 2017, New Delhi, India

At the invitation of India Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), the WCO delegation consisting Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, and Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, visited New Delhi, India with a view to advocating CBEC’s on-going commitment to the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). To this end, on 21 July 2017, WCO Secretary General participated in the Trade Facilitation Forum held in New Delhi and made a keynote address in front of some 100 audiences representing various stakeholders and development partners, and commended the CBEC for their structured engagement to the TFA implementation through devising a concrete action plan as a good practice.


WCO supports Pakistan accelerating Customs modernization 
18-19 July 2017, Islamabad, Pakistan

At the invitation of Pakistan Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), the WCO delegation consisting Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, and Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, visited Islamabad, Pakistan with a view to meeting Pakistani government leaders to seek their political support for the on-going Customs reform and modernization and encourage their further contribution and commitment to a series of challenges surrounding Customs, including trade facilitation and supply chain security.


High-level policy dialogue with Afghan government leaders on Customs modernization 
16-17 July 2017, Kabul, Afghanistan

At the invitation of Afghan Customs Department (ACD), the WCO delegation consisting Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, and Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, visited Kabul, Afghanistan with a view to meeting Afghan government leaders to seek their political support for the on-going Customs reform and modernization.


WCO Regional Workshop on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) 
17-20 July 2017, Melbourne, Australia

WCO Regional Workshop on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) was conducted on 17-20 July 2017 in Melbourne, Australia, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan, and in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Australian Department of Immigration and Boarder Protection (DIBP), along with strong contribution from the resource person from the WCO.


WCO/Norad Project Mission on Stakeholder Engagement and Client Service for Vietnam Customs 
10-14 July 2017, Hanoi, Vietnam

WCO/Norad Project Mission on Stakeholder Engagement and Client Service for Vietnam Customs was conducted on 10-14 July in Hanoi, Vietnam.


129th/130th Sessions of the WCO Council Convened 
6-8 July 2017

The 129th/130th Session of the WCO Council was convened on 6-8 July 2017 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, in which more than 400 delegates and observers participated.


FIATA 11th Region Asia/Pacific (RAP) Field Meeting 
28 June 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA),Ms. Eva Suen of the ROCB A/P participated in and contributed to the 11th FIATA Region Asia/Pacific (RAP) Field Meeting held on 28 June 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand, in which about 100 representatives from 14 countries attended.


1st WCO Global Mercator Program Advisor Workshop 
19-23 June 2017, Brussels, Belgium

The first WCO Global Mercator Program Advisors (MPAs) Workshop was held on 19-23 June 2017 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium,


The ROCB A/P contributes to the SASEC Customs Subgroup Meeting 
14-15 June 2017, Thimphu, Bhutan

At the invitation of the ADB and Bhutan Customs, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the 6th Meeting of the South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Customs Subgroup (SCS-6), which took place on 15 June 2017 in Thimphu, Bhutan, as one of the resource speakers.


WCO Regional Workshop on Customs Valuation and Revenue Package 
5-9 June 2017, Kobe, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Japan Customs, organized the WCO Regional Workshop on Customs Valuation and Revenue Package was held on 5 – 9 June 2017 at the Kobe Customs Headquarters in Kobe, Japan, under the sponsorship of the Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


WCO Sub-Regional Workshop on Technical Update of Rules of Origin for ASEAN Member Customs Administrations 
5-9 June 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO organized the Sub-Regional Workshop on Technical Update of Rules of Origin for ASEAN Member Customs Administrations on 5-9 June 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P joins the WCO IT Conference and Exhibition 2017 
7 June 2017, Tbilisi, Georgia

Mr. Tong hua, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, attended the WCO IT Conference and Exhibition 2017 held from 7 to 9 June 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia, under the theme “The Power of Data”.


Development Partner Meeting for Myanmar Customs Department 
2 June 2017, Yangon, Myanmar

With the invitation of Myanmar Customs Department (MCD) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, CCF/Japan Operation Manager of ROCB A/P, attended the Development Partner Meeting for the MCD, which was held on 2 June 2017 in Yangon, Myanmar.


ROCB A/P Greets Japan Customs Director General 
29 May 2017, Tokyo, Japan

Seizing the occasion of a mission to Japan, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, visited the Customs and Tariff Bureau (CTB) of Ministry of Finance in Tokyo on 29 May 2017 and greeted the CTB executives, including Mr. Mikio Kajikawa, Director General of the CTB, and Mr. Hiroshi Kishimoto, Deputy Director General of the same.


ROCB A/P Meets Chairman and Members of the Bangladesh National Board of Revenue 
25 May 2017, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, visited Bangladesh National Board of Revenue (NBR) in Dhaka on 24-25 May 2017 with a view to consulting Chairman and Members of the NBR how the WCO and the ROCB A/P could further strengthen current cooperative ties with the NBR in order to better contending with a series of the WCO prioritized issues, such as supply chain security and counter-terrorism, trade facilitation, e-commerce, Customs-Tax cooperation and illicit financial flows.


ROCB A/P represents the WCO to the ASEAN Directors General Meeting 
17 May 2017, Bali, Indonesia

In response to the request by the WCO Secretariat and at the invitation by Indonesia Customs, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, spoke at the Dialogue Session between the WCO and ASEAN Directors General (DGs) held as part of the ASEAN DGs Meeting on 17 May 2017 in Bali (Denpasar), Indonesia, in the capacity of a WCO representative.


Joint WCO-UPU Customs-Post Workshop for AP region in Australia 
1-5 May 2017, Sydney, Australia

The WCO and UPU jointly organized a Joint WCO-UPU Customs-Post Workshop for the Asia-Pacific Region from 1 to 5 May 2017 in Sydney, Australia, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P; the Australian Border Force; the Australia Post under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea(CCF/Korea) to support Asia-Pacific Customs and Posts to strengthen cooperation and the exchange of advance electronic information.


WCO Follow-up Regional Workshop on Counterfeiting and Piracy 
15-18 May 2017, RTC Japan, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the RILO A/P, organized the WCO Follow-up Regional Workshop on Counterfeiting and Piracy on 15-18 May 2017 at the WCO Regional Training Center Japan (Japan Customs Training Institute) in Kashiwa, Japan, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan.


ROCB A/P promotes the WCO programs and instruments to harness the Customs and other government agencies at the OCO Annual Conference 
3-4 May 2017, Guam, USA

19th Annual Conference of the Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO) was convened on 2-5 May 2017 in Guam, the USA, and approximately 60 delegates, including observers representing the OCO’s partner organizations, including the WCO, attended.


WCO-UNESCAP UNNEXT MASTERCLASS 2017: DIGITAL CUSTOMS AND Single Window in the Context of WTO TFA 
19-28 April 2017, CheonAn Korea

The WCO and the UNESCAP organized the Regional Workshop on Digital Customs and Single Window so called the 3rd UNNExT MASTERCLASS 2017 on 19-28 April 2017 in Seoul and CheonAn City, Korea, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Customs Border Control Training Institute (CBCTI) under the financial support of Customs Cooperation Fund of Korea (CCF/Korea).


WCO Regional Strategic Workshop on the WCO Security Program 
25-27 April 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia

On 25-27 April, the WCO Regional Strategic Workshop on the WCO Security Program has organized in Jakarta, Indonesia, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


WCO Sub-Regional Workshop on Advance Ruling and Origin Certification for ASEAN Member Countries 
20 March 2017, Melaka, Malaysia

WCO Sub-Regional Workshop on Advance Ruling and Origin Certification for ASEAN Member Countries was conducted on 20-24 March 2017 at the Royal Malaysian Customs Academy (AKMAL) in Melaka, Malaysia, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan, and in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD).


ROCB A/P accompanies WCO Secretary General to the Mission to the Union of Myanmar 
20 March 2017, Nay Pyi Taw, Union of Myanmar


WCO Secretary General, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, visited the Union of Myanmar to meet Union Ministers and Deputy Ministers in Nay Pyi Taw and call for high-level political support for further enhancing cooperation among the border control agencies, including Customs, with a view to facilitating legitimate trade and strengthening the country’s resilience to the terrorism and transnational organized crime.


ROCB A/P reports its work progress to the regional Directors General 
14 March 2017, Suva, Fiji

The 18th WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Heads of Customs Administration (RHCA) Conference was held in Suva, Fiji.


ROCBs discuss Mercator Program at the WCO Headquarters 
2 March 2017, Brussels, Belgium

12th Global Meeting of Regional Offices for Capacity Building (ROCBs), Heads of the Regional Training Centers (RTCs) and Vice-Chairs’ Offices was convened on 2 and 3 March 2017 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and the delegates discussed a set of important capacity building agenda, including the implementation of the WCO’s Mercator Program, regional strategic plan and the regional donor conferences among other things.


ROCB A/P promotes the WCO Revenue Package and Customs-Tax Cooperation Guidelines to assist implementation of the AEC2025 
20 February 2017, Hua Hin, Thailand

At the invitation from the Fiscal Policy Research Institute Foundation (FPRIF) of Thailand, which is a research institute supporting Thailand’s economic and fiscal management, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the ASEAN Directors General Meeting on Excise Taxation held on 20 February 2017 in Hua Hin, Thailand, as a guest speaker.


ROCB A/P speaks at the 18th Meeting of ARPEC 
15 February 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 15 February 2017, the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Environment Programme hosted the 18th meeting of the Asian Regional Partners Forum on Environmental Crime (ARPEC) in the UN building in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P moderates and speaks at the International Academic Conference on Economic Security 
27-30 January 2017, Baku, Azerbaijan

At the invitation of Prof. Aydin Aliyev, Chairman of the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan, Dr. Tong Hua, ROCB A/P Program Manager, participated in the International Academic Conference held at the Azerbaijan Economic University in Baku, Azerbaijan, on the occasion of International Customs Day and the 25th Anniversary of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan.


ROCB A/P joins the discussion on the region’s future priorities 
17-20 January 2017, Canberra, Australia


In the wake of the discussion at the last A/P Regional Contact Point Meeting held in November 2016 in Fiji (please refer to workshop click here), the regional working group meetings were convened from 17-20 January 2017 at the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection to discuss the Members’ interests in the private sector engagement with Customs community as well as the development of the Regional Strategic Plan (RSP) for 2018-2020 and other technical coordination issues.


ROCB A/P joined Study Visit Program at Laem Chabang Port Customs Bureau 
19 January 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 18th January 2017, with a kind invitation from Mr. Paisal Chuenjit, Principle Advisor of the Royal Thai Customs Department, staff members of the ROCB A/P joined the study visit program held at the Laem Chabang Port Customs Bureau (LCPCB), Thailand.


ROCB A/P speaks at the WCO-UNODC CCP Steering Committee Meeting 
12 January 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO-UNODC Container Control Program (CCP) Steering Committee Meeting was convened on 12 January 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand, and more than 50 officials representing eight ASEAN CCP participating countries, the UNODC, donor countries, the RILO A/P, the Oceania Customs Organisation and other observers, attended. The ROCB A/P was also invited to participate in this Meeting on behalf of the WCO.


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Digital Customs and E-Commerce 
12-16 December 2016, Faridabad, India

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P, organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Digital Customs and E-Commerce on 12-16 December 2016 at the RTC India (National Academy of Customs Excise and Narcotic, NACEN), India, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan.


ROCB A/P contributes to the UNESCAP-GTI International Seminar on Trade Facilitation in North-East Asia 
13-14 December 2016, Incheon, Korea

At the invitation of the United Nations Economic Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Ms. Alpha Wong of the ROCB A/P, as the WCO representative, participated in the International Seminar on Trade Facilitation in North-East Asia, which was held on 13 December 2016 in Incheon, Korea.


14th Meeting of Heads of the WCO A/P RTCs 
7-8 December 2016, Hong Kong

On 7-8 December 2016, 14th Meeting of Heads of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers (RTCs) was convened at the Hong Kong Customs Headquarters Building.


WCO National Workshop on Customs Valuation and Transfer Pricing for Thailand 
21-25 November 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P, organized the WCO National Workshop on Customs Valuation and Transfer Pricing for Thai Customs on 21-25 November 2016 at the Thai Customs Department (TCD) Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Intelligence-Led Risk Management 
21-25 November 2016, Faridabad, India

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the RTC India (National Academy of Customs Excise and Narcotic, NACEN), organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Intelligence-Led Risk Management on 21-25 November 2016 at the RTC India, Faridabad, under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan.


ROCB A/P promotes the WCO tools and instruments in the implementation of PNR 
23-24 November 2016 in Bali, Indonesia.

At the invitation of the APEC, Ms. Alpha Wong of the ROCB A/P participated in the APEC Workshop - Enhancing Travel Facilitation and Security through the Implementation of PNRGOV.


ROCB A/P contributes to the WCO Sub-regional Security Program Meeting 
23-25 November 2016, Hanoi, Vietnam

The WCO organized the WCO Sub-regional Security Program Meeting on 23-25 November 2016 in Hanoi, Vietnam with a view to developing a concept of a project to promote the WCO Security Program, which consist of API/PNR, SALW and chemical precursor and components of improvised explosive devices (IED).


RILO A/P Seminar on Detector Dogs 
15-17 November 2016, Cheon-an, Korea

Mr. Kangsik Cho, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P participated in the RILO A/P Seminar on Detector Dogs held on 15-17 November 2016 at the Customs Border Protection Institute (CBCTI) in Cheon-an, Korea and introduced the ROCB A/P’s capacity building activities.


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Train-The-Trainer Workshop for Joint Enforcement Action Against Counterfeiting and Piracy in the Asia/Pacific Region 2 
15-17 November 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

The WCO in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the RILO A/P organized the WCO A/P Regional Train-The-Trainer Workshop for Joint Enforcement Action Against Counterfeiting and Piracy in the Asia/Pacific Region (ACTION IPR A/P 2) in Bangkok, Thailand, on 15-17 November 2016 under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan.


WCO ROCB A/P promotes the Customs framework(AEO program) for implementation of the UNODC-WCO Container Control Program in Philippines 
11 November 2016, Manila, Philippines

The WCO ROCB A/P, on behalf of the WCO, joined the Customs-Business workshop on UNODC-WCO Container Control Program to enhance the relationship between Customs and Business including related stake holders.


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Capacity Building of Customs Laboratories for the Revenue Package Program and Trade Facilitation 
9-11 November 2016, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO, in cooperation with the Central Customs Laboratory (CCL) of Japan Customs and the ROCB A/P, organized a Regional Workshop on Capacity Building of Customs Laboratories for the Revenue Package Program and Trade Facilitation from 9 to 11 November 2016 in Kashiwa, Japan.


ROCB A/P reports its activities and commitment to the Regional Contact Points 
9-11 November 2016, Sigatoka, Fiji

26th WCO A/P Regional Contact Point Meeting was held on 9-11 November 2016 in Sigatoka, Fiji. Nearly 50 delegates from 21 Member administrations, 4 observer organizations (WCO, RILO A/P, ROCB A/P and OCO) and the Regional Vice Chair’s Secretariat attended and discussed a series of important subjects.


WCO ROCB A/P promotes the Customs framework (AEO program) for implementation of the UNODC-WCO Container Control Program in Cambodia 
8 November 2016, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The WCO ROCBA/P, on behalf of the WCO, joined the Customs-Business workshop on UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme to enhance the relationship between Customs and Businessincluding related stake holders.


ROCB A/P joins the WCO Security Program Mission 
On 4 November 2016

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P joined the WCO mission in Bangkok, Thailand, which aimed at exploring possible areas of cooperation to promote the WCO Security Program with the Thai Customs Department.


ROCB A/P joins the 28th Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points of Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P) 
1-3 November 2016, Seoul, Korea

At the invitation of the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific (RILO A/P), Mr Takayuki Miyoshi, attended the 28th Administrative Meeting for National Contact Points of RILO A/P, which was held in 1-3 November 2016 in Seoul, Korea.


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Post Clearance Audit 
12-16 September 2016, Kashiwa, Japan

The WCO in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the RTC Japan organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Post Clearance Audit at the RTC Japan (Japan Customs Training Institute), Kashiwa, on 12-16 September 2016 under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan.


WCO Asia/Pacific Regional Workshop on Non-Intrusive Inspection 
12-16 September 2016, Melbourne, Australia

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P and the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, organized the WCO A/P Regional Workshop on Non-Intrusive Inspection on 12-16 September 2016 at the Melbourne Customhouse of the Australian Border Force (ABF) under the sponsorship of CCF/Japan.


WCO fosters high-level support for the continued modernization of Samoa Customs 
Apia, 29 July 2016

On 29 July 2016, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, and Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, visited Apia, Samoa, to pay courtesy calls to the Samoan political leaders with a view to calling for continued high-level support for on-going Customs reform and modernization of Samoa Customs, including expeditious accession to the Revised Kyoto Convention.


WCO reaffirms enhancing collaboration with OCO 
Suva, 28 July 2016

On 28 July 2016, at the invitation of the Oceania Customs Organization (OCO), the WCO Secretary General, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, and Head of the WCO ROCB A/P, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, visited the OCO Secretariat in Suva, Fiji. Mr. Seve Paeniu, Head of the OCO Secretariat, and his colleagues warmly welcomed the visit of the WCO representatives.


ROCB A/P attends the A/P Vice-Chair’s Office Opening Ceremony 
28 July 2016

On 28 July 2016, the Official Launching Ceremony of the WCO A/P Vice Chair’s Office was held in Suva, Fiji, with presence of Honorable Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fijian Attorney General and Minister of Economy, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, WCO Secretary General, Dato’ Sri Khazali bin Hj Ahmad, Director General of the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD).


WCO Sub-regional Workshop on Integrity for the Pacific 
27-29 July 2016

The WCO, in cooperation with the ROCB A/P, Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) and Oceania Customs Organization (OCO), organized the Sub-regional Workshop on Integrity for the Pacific on 27-29 July 2016 at the Regional Training Center Fiji, in Suva, Fiji, under the sponsorship of Japan Customs Cooperation Fund (CCF/Japan).


127th/128th Sessions of the WCO Council 
Brussels, Belgium, 14-16 July 2016

127th/128th Sessions of the WCO Council was convened on 14-16 July 2016 at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and was attended by a total of around 500 delegates from the WCO Member administrations, the observer international organizations and business associations. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the Council as an observer.


ROCB A/P participates in the ASEM Eurasia Expert Group Meeting 
11-13 July 2016, Seoul, Korea

Ms. Alpha WONG of the ROCB A/P, as a WCO representative, attended the ASEM Eurasia Expert Group Meeting on Transport and Logistics, which was held on 11-13 July 2016 in Seoul, Korea.


ROCB A/P participates in the Customs-Business Conference 
7 July 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Ms. Pariyabhat Ariyapongkoson and Mr. Kangsik Cho of the ROCB A/P attended the Customs-Business Conference held on 7 July 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P joined Thai Customs Department’s 142th Anniversary 
4 July 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

On 4 July 2016, at the kind invitation from Mr. Kulit Sombatsiri, Director General of the Royal Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his staff members joined the TCD’s 142th Anniversary Ceremony held at its Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.


 Special Topics

ROCB A/P joined the celebration of AEO Certification Ceremony of Thai Custom Department 
30 July 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues joined the AEO Certificate Ceremony held on 30 July 2019 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.


The New Head of ROCB A/P paid a courtesy visit to the Director General of Thai Customs Department 
8 July 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Norikazu KURAMOTO, the new Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Krisada CHINAVICHARANA, the Director General of Thai Customs Department (TCD).


ROCB A/P celebrates the 145th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Customs Department with its host administration 
4 July 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues joined the Anniversary of the Foundation of the Customs Department held on 4 July 2019 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.


Commitments of Myanmar Customs Department on Intellectual Property Rights 
Contribution by Ms. Hsu Wai Hnin
Deputy Head of Intellectual Property Section
Myanmar Customs Department


ROCB A/P joins the International Customs Day 2019 Celebration 
25 January 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), ROCB A/P staffs joined the International Customs Day Celebration event organized by the TCD on 25 January 2019.


The Excellency of Training Performance (Award as the best training institute for 9 Consecutive Years) 
Contribution by Mr. Seong-Man LIM
Director General of CBCTI, Korea Customs Service (KCS)


ROCB A/P pays courtesy visits to new Deputy Directors General of the Thai Customs Department 
8 November 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

On 8 November 2018, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid courtesy visits to Mr. Boonthiem Chokevivat and Mrs. Chalida Phungravee, newly appointed Deputy Directors General (DDG) of the Thai Customs Department (TCD)


The ROCB A/P greets new Thai Customs Director General 
12 October 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

On 12 October 2018, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy call to Mr. Krisada Chinavicharana, new Thai Customs Director General.


Building technology-driven organizations: the experience of China Customs 
By Mr. Wang Lingjun
Vice Minister of the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC)


Thai Customs Talent Management 
Mr. Prawat Chuenchavalit
Expert on Human resource Development
Thai Customs Department


Central Customs Laboratory of Korea (K-CCL) was designated as WCO Regional Customs Laboratory (RCL) 
Contribution by Mr. Jong-Myeong KIM
Director General of Central Customs Laboratory, Korea Customs Service (KCS)


Essay on Combating Environmental Crime: challenges and possible solutions 
By Sopagna SENG
Deputy Chief of Bureau
General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia


ROCB A/P joins the Thai Customs 144th Anniversary Ceremony 
4 July 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of Mr. Kulit Sombatsiri, Director General of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues participated in the TCD’s 144th Anniversary Ceremony held on 4 July 2018 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, and renewed existing close friendship with them.


Special contributions by a regional Member on the application of innovative technologies in Customs 
By Mr. Hiroshi Kishimoto
Deputy Director-General, Japan Customs


Special Contribution from the Thai Customs Department 
E-Learning in Thai Customs by Mr. Prawat Chuenchavalit Expert on Human Resource Development Thai Customs Department


Shanghai Customs College has made another academic advancement 
On 10 May 2018, the Shanghai Customs College (SCC), a WCO Regional Training Center, has become an accredited institution offering the Master’s Degree of Taxation and Public Administration. On 10 April, its Bachelor Program of Customs Administration (BCA) has been recognized by the WCO Secretariat within the framework of the PICARD Program.


ROCB A/P greets new Thai Customs Principal Advisor on Customs Control Development 
30 May 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy call to Mr. Chaiyut Kumkun, Thai Customs Principal Advisor on Customs Control Development (PA), on 30 May 2018 to present a flower bouquet and compliments for recent confirmation by His Majesty of the Kingdom of Thailand of Mr. Kumkun’s retrospective appointment to the post in December 2017.


Customs Reform and Modernization in Vanuatu 
Special Contribution by Mr. Benjamin Malas
Director, Department of Customs & Inland Revenue of Vanuatu


Customs Training Institute of Japan Customs (RTC Japan) was awarded by the President of Japan’s National Personnel Agency! 
Contribution by Mr. Jun Tajima
Director of International Cooperation Division, Japan Customs Training Institute

On 7 February 2018, the International Cooperation Division and Trainers of Customs Training Institute of Japan Customs, as known as “CTI” which is the RTC Japan, received the President’s Award of Japan’s National Personnel Agency (NPA).


ROCB A/P and KCS sign MOU on a short-term attachment program 
1 February 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the ROCB A/P and the Korea Customs Service (KCS) on cooperation regarding a short-term attachment program was signed on 1 February.


ROCB A/P celebrates the International Customs Day 2018 with its host administration 
26 January 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the Thai Customs Department (TCD), ROCB A/P staffs joined the International Customs Day held on 26 January 2018 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand


ROCB A/P Xmas Party 
19 December 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 19 December 2017, the ROCB A/P invited Thai Customs Department colleagues and Customs Attachés to the Xmas Party at its Office with a view to expressing our gratitude for their support and cooperation to its activities and wish them happy holidays.


ROCB A/P attends the NACIN Launching Day ceremony 
1 October 2017, Faridabad, India

At the invitation from NACEN Director General, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the first NACIN Launching Day, which was held coincidently with the passing out ceremony for the 67th batch IRS officials, on 1 October 2017 at the NACIN, formerly named NACEN, one of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers.


ROCB A/P greets new Director of Thai Customs Academy 
19 September 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy call to newly appointed Director of Thai Customs Academy, Ms. Santanee Phairattanakorn, at her office on 19 September 2017 to present a flower bouquet and compliments.


ROCB A/P greets new Thai Customs Deputy Director General 
12 September 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy call to newly appointed Thai Customs Deputy Director General (DDG), Mr. Sorasak Meenatoree, at his office on 12 September 2017 to present a flower bouquet and compliments.


ROCB A/P Speaks at International Federation of Customs Brokers Associations Special Event 2017 
28 and 29 August 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of International Federation of Customs Brokers Associations (IFCBA), ROCB A/P team attended the IFCBA Special Event on 28 and 29 August 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P participated in the 2017 Customs-Business Conference 
22 August 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Ms. Saori Nojima, Ms. Eva Suen, Ms. Vareemon Chairungsrilert, Ms. Jate-arpa Benjaphong and Mr. Poonyawee Sroythong of the ROCB A/P attended the Customs-Business Conference held on 22 August 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.


My experience within the WCO Human Resource Development Programme 
By Ms. Tsendsuren Davaa (Ph.D), Professional Associate for the Compliance and Facilitation Directorate, WCO


ROCB A/P pays compliments to newly assigned Thai Customs Executives 
19 May 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid courtesy visits to the offices of Mr. Vichak Apirugnunchai, who was recently confirmed as new Principal Advisor of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), also Mr. Seree Thaijongrak, newly appointed Deputy Director General of the TCD


ROCB A/P attends a farewell ceremony for Mr. Paisal Chuenjit, Principal Advisor of the Thai Customs Department 
5 May 2017, Thai Customs Department

Upon a kind invitation from the Thai Customs Department (TCD), staff members of the ROCB A/P attended a farewell ceremony for Mr. Paisal Chuenjit, Principal Advisor of the TCD held at its Headquarters.


ROCB A/P visits Customs Houses in Chiang Rai Province of Thailand 
1-3 April 2017, Chiang Rai, Thailand

At the generous invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues along with Bangkok-based JICA Expert and Korea Customs Attaché, visited Customs Houses in Chiang Rai Province of Thailand, which is located in so-called “Golden Triangle” for a study visit program organized by Mr. Paisal Chuenjit, Principal Advisor of the TCD, and the Thai Customs Academy.


ROCB A/P pays a courtesy visit to new Deputy Director General of the Thai Customs Department 
On 28 March 2017

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Auychai Kultipmontre, newly appointed Deputy Director General (DDG) of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), at his office and extended their compliments for DDG Auychai’s appointment and undertaking important responsibilities, including ICT Department and Trade Incentive Program.


WCO calls for high-level political support for enhanced coordinated border management for trade facilitation and border security 
23 and 24 March 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On the occasion of visiting Bangkok for the Launching Ceremony of WCO Security Project for Southeast Asia region, which was held on 23 March 2017, WCO Secretary General, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, paid courtesy visits to Vice Minister of Thai Department of Commerce on 23 March 2017, and to Thai Finance Minister on 24 March 2017 respectively.


ROCB A/P joins Launching Ceremony of WCO Security Project 
23 March 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 23 March 2017, the official launching Ceremony of the WCO Security Project for Southeast Asia, which is financed by the Japanese Government, was held in Bangkok, Thailand.


Special Contribution from Cambodia Customs 
Contribution by Ms. Chansopheap Ouk, Deputy Chief of International Affairs, Cambodia Customs


Special Contribution from Bureau of Customs of the Philippines 
6 March 2017

Mr. Milo D. Maestrecampo, MBA, CSP, Director of Import Assessment Services, Bureau of Customs (BOC) of the Philippines, participated in the WCO Regional Workshop on Capacity Building of Customs Laboratories for the Revenue Package Programme and Trade Facilitation held on 9-11 November 2016 at WCO Regional Customs Laboratory (RCL) in Kashiwa, Japan.


ROCB A/P gives a lecture on the roles of Customs and the WCO to University students 
20 February 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 20th February 2017, Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, Program Manager of the ROCB A/P, gave a lecture on the roles of Customs and the WCO to 20 students from Economics Faculty of Nagasaki University (Japan), led by an Associate Professor thereof, at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.


Contribution from Maldives Customs Service 
Maldives Customs Service (MCS) has successfully launched ASYCUDA World (AW) software in all of its offices including the main seaports, airports and regional stations established across the country.


ROCB A/P joins the Thai Customs colleagues to celebrate the International Customs Day 2017 
26 January 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation from the Thai Customs Department (TCD), ROCB A/P staffs joined the International Customs Day Ceremony held on 26 January 2017 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P pays courtesy visit to new Principal Advisor of Thai Customs Department 
23 January 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 23 January 2017, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Paisal Chuenjit, new Principle Advisor of the Royal Thai Customs Department (TCD), second highest position within the TCD, to congratulate recent confirmation of his new posting.


 Guest Visits

Enhancement of collaboration with WWF-Hong Kong 
5 September 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

On 5 September 2019, Mr. Eric Wikramanayake, director of wildlife and wetlands of WWF-Hong Kong and his colleague paid a courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P.


Visit of Japan Customs Deputy Director General to the ROCB A/P 
13-14 February 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

The delegation of Japan Customs led by Mr. Hiroshi Takami, Deputy Director General of the Customs and Tariff Bureau (CTB), accompanied by Mr. Takahiro Araki, Director for International Cooperation Division of the CTB, and his colleagues, visited the ROCB A/P.


The Tsinghua University Delegation visits the ROCB A/P 
15 January 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

A delegation from the Tsinghua University of China, led by Mr. Chao Zhang, Director of the Tsinghua Career Development Center, visited the ROCB A/P on 15 January 2019.


Bhutan Customs colleagues pay courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P 
20 November 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Bhutan Customs delegation headed by Mrs. Yeshey Seldon, Commission of Customs and Excise Division of the Department of Revenue and Customs, visited the ROCB A/P on 20 November 2018 on the occasion of their field visit trip to Thailand.


Thai Customs DG visits the ROCB A/P 
2 November 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Krisada Chinavicharana, Director General of the Thai Customs Department, made a short visit to the ROCB A/P with his staffs to observe the Office furnishing and working environment.


ROCB Europe visits the ROCB A/P to study and discuss regional capacity building good practices 
10-11 September 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Roger Hermann, Head of the ROCB Europe, and Mr. Dashgin Aliyev, WCO Regional Development Manager for Europe region, visited the ROCB A/P for a benchmark study on the regional coordination of capacity building program planning and delivery on 10 and 11 September 2018.


ROCB A/P greets departing and arriving Customs Attachés of Japan 
19 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Keiichi Tatsumi, departing Customs Attaché of Japan, and Mr. Tetsuro Higuchi, successor of Mr. Tatsumi, paid a courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P on 19 June 2018.


ROCB A/P renews close collaboration with the ADB in the SASEC program 
7 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Dr. Rosalind Y. McKenzie, Senior Regional Cooperation Specialist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), visited the ROCB A/P on 7 June 2018 to discuss continuous cooperation and collaboration between the ADB and the ROCB A/P under the South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program.


Japan Customs DDG visits the ROCB A/P 
4 June 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Sumiya Shibasaki, Deputy Director General of the Customs and Tariff Bureau (CTB) of the Ministry of Finance of Japan, visited the ROCB A/P on 4 June 2018, accompanied by Ms. Emako Hirabayashi, Deputy Director of International Cooperation Division of the CTB.


Renewal of collaboration with New Zealand Customs Service 
20 April 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

On 20 April 2018, Mr. Brian Lamb, Customs Counsellor of the New Zealand Embassy in Thailand, and Mr. Daniel Brunt, a successor of Mr. Lamb, paid a courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P. Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues warmly welcomed them


The North-West Institute of Management Delegation visits the ROCB A/P 
4 April 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Dean Sergei Chizhikov and Professor Boris Kabylinskii from the Faculty of Customs Administration and Security of the North-West Institute of Management in Saint Petersburg, Russia, visited the ROCB A/P on 4 April 2018.


OIE delegation visits the ROCB A/P 
30 January 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

The delegation from the Asia and the Pacific representation Office of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Dr. Hirofumi Kugita and Dr. Jing Wang, visited the ROCB A/P on 30 January 2018 to discuss the ROCB A/P’s possible contribution to the upcoming OIE Seminar to be held in March 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand.


Korea Customs Service delegation visits the ROCB A/P 
13 December 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

Korea Customs Service (KCS) delegation, headed by Mr. Kim Ik-Heon, Deputy Director of Bilateral Cooperation Division, visited the ROCB A/P on 13 December 2017 to discuss a framework for reinvigorating future cooperation between the KCS and the ROCB A/P, including a short-term attachment program in the future.


US/CBP Attaché visits the ROCB A/P 
5 October 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Robert Thommen, a newly assigned US/CBP Attaché to Thailand, made a friendly visit to the ROCB A/P along with his colleague at the US Embassy, Ms. Maysa Chanikornpradit, Program Management Specialist, on 5 October 2017 on the occasion of his courtesy visit to Thai Customs Director General at the Thai Customs Department Headquarters.


Myanmar Customs DG visits the ROCB A/P 
30 August 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On the occasion of field study visit to Thailand, Mr. Kyaw Htin, Director General of Myanmar Customs Department, accompanied by his Assistant Directors as well as representatives from relevant authorities and JICA experts, made a courtesy call at the ROCB A/P on 30 August 2017.


Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan Customs officials visit the ROCB A/P during the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme(CCP) Study Visit in Thailand 
17 May 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

5 Azerbaijan officers including the Major-General, Mr. Baba Salayev, the Head of the Main Office for Combating Offenses in the Customs sphere, State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan and 5 Uzbekistan officers including Mr. Oybek Zayniddinov, the Head of the Main Department of Customs Control, State Customs Committee of Uzbekistan visited the ROCB A/P together on 17 May 2017 during the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme Study Visit in Thailand.


WCO Finance Committee Vice Chairperson Visits the ROCB A/P 
24 February 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 24 February 2017, Mr. Hideharu Tanaka, Director of Japanese Foreign Ministry and current Vice Chairperson of the WCO Finance Committee, visited the ROCB A/P in the margin of his business trip to Bangkok.


Japan Customs AEO Experts visits the ROCB A/P 
9 February 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 9 February 2017, Mr. Tetsuro Higuchi and Mr. Shoji Oguri of Japan Customs, accompanied by Japanese Customs Attaché in Thailand and Bangkok-based JICA project expert, made a short visit to the ROCB A/P on the occasion of the AEO Workshop jointly organized by the Thai Customs Department and the Japan Customs, in which they participated as resource speakers


OCO Executives paid a courtesy visit to the ROCB A/P 
11 January 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 11 January 2017, Mr. Seve Paeniu, Head of the Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO) Secretariat, and Mr. Tevita Tupou, OCO Operations Manager, visited the ROCB A/P on the occasion of their business trip to Bangkok.


ROCB A/P renews partnership with the APPU 
11 January 2017, Bangkok, Thailand

On 11 January 2017, Mr. Lin Hongliang, Director of the Asian-Pacific Postal Union, visited the ROCB A/P and exchanged wished for the New Year.


Korea Customs Service (KCS) Cargo Selectivity & Inspection Team visits the ROCB A/P 
9 December 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Jeon Ik Pyo, the Team Manager of Cargo Selectivity & Inspection Team of Korea Customs Service (KCS) and his colleagues visited the ROCB A/P on 9 December 2016 on the occasion of business trip to Thailand Customs to benchmark the UNODC-WCO Container Control Program (CCP).


KCS Vice Commissioner re-affirms his support for the ROCB A/P 
24 November 2014, Bangkok, Thailand

Dr. CHUN Hong-uk, Vice Commissioner of the Korea Customs Service (KCS), accompanied by Mr. JEONG Seung-hwan, Director of Audit Policy Division, and Mr. KIM Won-seok, Deputy Director, Multilateral Cooperation Division,visitedthe ROCB A/P on 24 November 2014 on the occasion of his visit to the Thai Customs Department for bilateral cooperation talks.


Lao Customs DDG visits the ROCB A/P to discuss their continued modernization effort 
26 February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Bounpaseuth Sikounlabout, Deputy Director General of Lao Customs, and his colleagues visited the ROCB A/P on 26 February 2016 on the occasion of his business trip to Thailand to study management practices in dry ports and container depots.


AEO Workshop participants visited the ROCB A/P 
4 February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

AEO workshop participants from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam visited the ROCB A/P, accompanied by colleagues of the AEO Department of the Thai Customs Department (TCD) and JICA Experts.


ROCB A/P pays courtesy visit to new DDG of the Thai Customs Department 
3 February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Vichak Apirugnunchai, new Deputy Director General of the Thai Customs Department (TCD) at his office to congratulate his promotion and call for continued support for the ROCB A/P.


ROCB A/P pays courtesy visit to new DDG of the Thai Customs Department 
2 February 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his colleagues paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Chutiwat Watanaphol, new Deputy Director General of the Thai Customs Department (TCD) at his office to congratulate his promotion and call for continued support for the ROCB A/P.


Visit of Japan Customs Deputy Director General to ROCB A/P 
14 January 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Japan Customs and Tariff Bureau (CTB) delegation led by Mr. Hiroshi Kishimoto, Deputy Director General of CTB, and accompanied by Mr. Shinji Taniguchi, Counselor for International Cooperation, as well as his colleagues, visited ROCB A/P seizing an opportunity of their mission to attend JICA Customs Expert Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P Renews Collaboration with APPU for Air Cargo Security 
7 January 2016

Mr. Lin Hongliang, Director of the Asian-Pacific Postal Union (APPU), and Mr. Anucha Soonglertsongpha, Course Director of the APPU, visited the ROCB A/P for the New Year’s greeting and renewal of collaboration with the Customs in the Asia/Pacific region.


KCS CBCTI Faculty Director visits the ROCB A/P 
2 December 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

Delegation from the Korea Customs Service Customs Border Control and Training Institution (CBCTI), led by Mr. Lee Beumju, Faculty Director of the CBCTI, and Mr. Sung Wonsik, Professor of the CBCTI, visited the ROCB A/P to explore the way to further promote the existing close cooperation between the ROCB A/P and the CBCTI, which is one of the WCO A/P Regional Training Centers.


 Staff Updates

Farewell Message from Ms. Lin Lianqing 
Dear Colleagues,

Time flies so fast that my internship in the ROCB/AP ended on 30 August, 2019. It's my honor to work here for nearly two months as the first Chinese intern.


Farewell Message from Mr. Hong-Young JO 
Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Even I don’t want to leave here, the time touches my mouth I should say to good-bye. I am completing my 2-year tenure on 3rd September 2019.


Welcome Mr. Norikazu Kuramoto, New Head of ROCB A/P 
Dear readers,

It is a great pleasure and honor to extend my greetings from Bangkok. My name is Norikazu KURAMOTO as the new Head of the ROCB A/P for the next five years.


Farewell Message from Head of ROCB A/P, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi 
Dear colleagues and friends,

Time has come to say goodbye to you. I am completing my 5-year tenure as Head of the ROCB A/P at the end of June 2019.


Message from Chloe AU 
I’m Chloe AU from Hong Kong Customs. I’m so glad and happy to join the ROCB A/P, a renowned regional office of capacity building in the world.


Farewell Message from Ms. Eva Suen 
Time really flies. A two-year tenure at the ROCB A/P is going to be finished very soon and my last working day will be on 15 March 2019.


Welcome Ms. Saori NOJIMA, our new colleague 
Dear, Readers

It is my great pleasure and honor to greet everyone as a new member of the ROCB/AP. My name is Saori Nojima, CCF/Japan Operation Manager and Program Manager for South Asia.


Welcome Mr. Tong Hua, our new colleaque 
Sawadi krap, I am Tong hua from China Customs. I am so glad to join in the prestigious WCO ROCB A/P team.


Welcome Mr. Poonyawee Sroythong, our new colleaque 
19 September 2016, Bangkok, Thailand


Welcome Ms. Vareemon Chairungsrilert, our new colleaque 
12 May 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself to everyone. My name is Vareemon Chairungsrilert


Welcome Ms. Jate-arpa Benjaphong, our new colleaque 
2 March 2016,Bangkok, Thailand

Thank you so much to let me introduce myself. My name is Jate-arpa Benjaphong , nicknamed “Mai.” I worked at private companies for many years since I graduated the Bachelor Degree from Assumption University.


 Other Issues

ROCB A/P joins Thai Customs Department to celebrate International Customs Day 
26 January 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kangsik Cho and Ms. Alpha Wong represented the ROCB A/P to join the 2016 International Customs Day Celebration Ceremony, which was held on 26 January 2016 at the TCD Headquarters.


ROCB A/P Joins the Wrap-Up Ceremony for the JICA Project for Enhancing the Transparency and Predictability of Tariff Classification and Customs Valuation 
19 October 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Takayuki Miyoshi, CCF/Japan Operation Manager and Program Manager for South Asia, Ms. Narumon Siricharoenwat and Ms. Pariyabhat Ariyapongkoson, Program Coordinators of the ROCB A/P attended the Wrap-Up Ceremony for the Project supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).


ROCB A/P Witnesses Thai Customs’ New Modernization Practice 
23 July 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation of the Thai Customs Department (TCD), Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, and his ROCB A/P colleagues attended the Signing Ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding on Electronic Payment of Customs Duties and Taxes, which was held on 23 July 2015 at the TCD Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.


ROCB A/P Joins Thai Customs Department’s Celebration of the 141st Anniversary 
3 July 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

On 3 July 2015, upon a kind invitation of Dr. Somchai Sujjapongse, Director General of the Royal Thai Customs Department (TCD), all staff members of the ROCB A/P joined TCD’s 141st Anniversary Ceremony held at its Headquarters.


ROCB A/P witnesses the signing ceremony of the Container Control Program for Thailand 
19 January 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

On 19 January 2015, at the invitation of the UNODC, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the signing ceremony of WCO-UNODC Container Control Program (CCP) for Thailand at the Thai Customs Department (TCD) as an observer.


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